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was lald in the same stuation as the fore there has been nothing of novelty in their mer, and completely filled with pitch, and proceedings, if we except a meeting of ra. the lid put on. There was a plate on the dicals which took place at Ayr on Saturlid, on which was engraved the year of his day last; and at which, in imitation of first interment, and the present date. The their sister reformers in England, about whole was then built round with brick. thirty females attended, carrying flags with The Lord Chief Baron and a number of various inscriptions. At a similar meeting gentlemen were present.
at Paisley on the 1st instant, a band of 12... State of the Country. Meetings of boys appeared, carrying a flag, inscribed, the people to petition for reform in Parlia. “As the auld cock craws, the young cock ment, and to denounce the Manchester learns.” Magistrates for their conduct on the 16th Several county meetings have also taken August last, continue to be held frequent- place in England, solely for the purpose ly in various parts of the country. The of requesting inquiry into the proceedings assemblies of those who call themselves at Manchester. At one of those in York rádical reformers, have been marked by shire the Earl Fitzwilliam attended; for much violence of language, the people on which he has since been removed by goall occasions giving vent to an abusive vernment from his office of Lord Lieutenphilippic against the government, the cler ant of the West Riding of that county. gy, and the magistracy of the country, This measure seems to have excited a great foolishly imputing to them the commercial sensation in that quarter, and has caused distress under which the country has been several officers of the Yorkshire Cavalry, for some time suffering. They have hi- and one of the magistrates of the county, therto, however, separated peaceably; and to resign their commissions.
PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS, &c.
unprecedented in the theatrical annals of • Drury-Lane.Mr Kean has returned to Edinburgh, so, in many instances, has its this Theatre, having relinquished his inten- success been equally unexampled. A pas. tion of going to America, and appeared on sing cloud may have, at intervals, darkened Monday 8th Nov. in the character of Rich our prospects, but to dwell upon such ard III. He was received by an overflow. temporary disappointments would be a reing house in the most flattering manner. ry ungrateful return for that full blaze of Mr Elliston performed the part of Rich public favour, which we have generally mond.
enjoyed, and which it is our pride most Covent Garden.-Mr Macready has been gratefully to acknowledge. uncommonly successful in his performance I cannot help alluding, Ladies and of Richard III. which has raised him Gentlemen, to the very different situation at once to the first eminence as an actor. we were placed in at the termination of the Dryden's masque of Arthur and Emmeline, last season ;-then almost overpowered by as altered by Garrick, has been produced reverses, we scarcely knew how long we at this Theatre with much success.
might have the honour of remaining in your The Surrey and Cobourg Theatres have service. Now, we confidently anticipate just closed, and Astley's Amphitheatre open the successful issue of our speculation, as. ed on the 26th October under the manage- sured that confidence is not ill founded ment of Mr Barrymore.
which firmly relies upon your kindness and
" In October last, we ventured to pledge Theatrc.- Royal.- To Mr Kean succeeded ourselves, that neither the failures we had Mr Mathews, who for a week drew crowd. experienced, or the difficulties by which we ed audiences by his Trip to Paris and were surrounded, should damp or impede Mail Coach Adventures. The Theatre clo- our efforts for your amusement : and we sed on Monday the 18th October for the trust, if you will cast a retrospective glance season, when Mr Murray delivered the upon the arrangements of the season-either following address :
in regard to the amusements produced du" Ladies and Gentlemen,
ring the winter, or to the additional aid we “ This evening will conclude a season, have procured from London to support our which, commencing on the third of Decem- summer campaign, you will allow we have ber last, has, with the intervention of about not forfeited our pledge, or in any instance three weeks, afforded us the honour of ap. failed in that attention and respect so emi. pearing before you two hundred and forty. nently your due. Unwilling further to insix nights; and as its duration is, I believe, terrupt the amusements of this evening, I
shall decline enumerating the various new nificant instrument. During the whole engagements we have formed for next win- evening, our delight from the performance ter, or the improvements we propose in the of the band was undiminished. It is ady decorations of the Theatre, leaving them to mirable, and complete in all its parts, and your decision in November, when we hope its formation does high honour to the to have the honour of meeting you here judgment of the Directors. The Septetto again; and now, Ladies and Gentlemen, from Beethoven was altogether exquisite. requesting you will rest assured, that as a To enter into a detail of the different failure could not damp our efforts, so nei« performances is, of course, impossible. Mr ther will success render us neglectful or su- Braham's voice is as fine as ever. He sang pine; until the commencement of the next his part of the beautiful and impassioned winter season, we very respectfully take duett in Don Giovani, " Ma qual mai our leave."
s'offre," with exquisite taste and feeling. The Musical Festival. The Festival bem Signor Ambrogetti is one of the gayest men gan, with a concert in the Theatre, on the living. This may seem an odd way of beginnight of the 19th. The house was very ning a critique on a singer ; but as he acts crowded ; but the arrangements of the Di. with exquisite felicity even in the orches rectors were so judicious as completely to tra, this advantage produces even there the prevent confusion, or the occurrence of most powerful and striking effect. His des any thing in the least disagreeable. The cription of the various distresses attending appearance of the Theatre was beautifulthe choice of a wife drew peals of laughter The stage, converted into a large and ele. from every part of the house. There is nogant orchestra, brilliantly lighted up, and thing remarkable in his voice, except its filled with exquisite performers and the power in the middle and lower tones, and body of the house, crowded with certainly his great skill in the management of it. the most brilliant assemblage that ever was Signor Begrez was exceedingly happy in within its walls-formed one of the most Cimarosa's lovely song of “ Pria che spun. exhilarating coups d'æil that can be imagi- ta in ciel l'aurora." ned. It was delightful, when the orches. On Wednesday morning, the performtra was filling, to see so many of our old ance in the Parliament House consisted favourites appearing one by one. The ve- of a part of Mozart's Requiem,-a selection ry sight of Dragonetti and his glorious dou- chiefly from Handel,- and the whole of ble-bass carried us back at once to the time the Oratorio of The Creation. On Thurswhen we first heard those sounds, which day morning The Messiah was performed, none but he ever has been able to produce with the additional accompaniments of Mofrom it. An intense feeling of expectation zart. And on Saturday morning there was seemed to pervade the whole audience; for, an excellent selection of miscellaneous pie when every thing was prepared, and Mr ces, followed by Beethoven's Mount of Yaniewicz was looking round upon the Olives, which concluded the whole. The band ready to give the first coup d'archet, intermediate evenings of Wednesday and there was hardly a whisper to be heard in Friday were occupied by Concerts in the the house.
· Theatre, similar in character and attraction Our attention was well rewarded. The to the first performance, of which we have performance of Haydn's military sympho- already given some account. The whole of ny, with which the concert began, was ab. these performances were attended by crowdsolute perfection. The whole band seemed ed audiences, and went off with the greate animated with one soul, and the sounds est spirit and effect, leaving the multitudes they produced were like one instruments who witnessed them equally charmed with Nothing could be more delicious than the what they had heard, and pleased with the mellow sweetness, and exquisite intonation taste and judgment of the gentlemen to of the wind instruments in the softer pas- whose exertions they owed so high a gratisages, nor more electrifying than those fication. The pleasure was much height. sudden and tremendous bursts of sound, ened by the ease and comfort with which, from the whole orchestra, by which those owing to the good management of the Di. passages are, in this piece, so often inter. rectors, every body was accommodated, rupted. The effect of the andantc move. there having been no more crowding and ment was peculiarly enchanting. The confusion than what was inseparable from smooth and graceful melody which forms its the assembling of such great numbers. subject, undergoes a total change of charac. The opening of the first performance of ter, becoming by degrees stormy and terri. sacred music, with the solemn and affecting ble, and affording a fine display of the strains of The Requicm, was exceedingly most powerful effects of the military instru- grand and impressive. There is something ments. All our readers who heard the piece about this, the dying work of its immortal will doubtless remember the effect of the author, that is singularly touching. It is
Triangle, towards the close of the move full of all the profundity and learning of the ment, if we may judge at least by the im- ancient ecclesiastical style, which still cona pression made on us by this generally insig. tinues to be the model for compositions of this nature. This style, abounding in fugue, was upon the face of the deep." And here, canon, and all the resources of double at the hazard of being thought fanciful, we counterpoint, has been found, by the expe- will notice a very singular effect, which was rience of several ages, to be better adapted produced by a very common cause. While than any other to such choral performances the audience were listening, in the deepest as are specially devoted to the service of the silence, to those sublime and appalling church; being extremely grave and solid bursts of sound, rendered more impressive in its effect, and so severe in its structure, by the sombre and majestic appearance of as to exclude the introduction of any orna. the hall in which they sat, the place sudments that savour in the least of levity. denly became dark, and a violent storm of But, with this severity and solemnity of wind and rain, beating against the large style, Mozart, in The Requiem, has com- windows, lent a misty horror to the scene, bined the strongest impression of devotionand, mingling in a sort of wild harmony al feeling ; and many of the movements, with the sounds from the orchestra, produ. though of intricate and elaborate structure, ced an effect which was felt by the whole are made up of the most pathetic and beau. assembly. It is not less singular, that, with tiful strains, produced, apparently, with as the temporary suspense of the storm, the little restraint from technical rules, as the character of the music changed, by almost simplest air which he ever composed. The imperceptible degrees, the discords became grand and beautiful effects, too, produced less harsh, and the transitions less abrupt : by the instrumental parts, performed as the sweet melodies of the flutes, clarionets, they were on this occasion, added an inex- and horns, became more and more predopressible charm to the music. The selec- minant, till, after a momentary pause, the tion from this work was judicious, consist. full choir began, in a solemn and subdued ing certainly of the most beautiful parts of tone, “ And the Spirit of God moved upon it, and comprehending, among others, the the face of the waters; and God said, Let Recordare and Benedictus ; though we re- there be light, and there was liglit;" at gretted the necesssity of omitting some of which last word, the whole voices and idthe more awful and terrible passages, par- struments burst into a thunder of harmo. ticularly the “ Dies ira"- the quartetto, ny, which forms the finest piece of musical “ Tuba mirum spargens sonum"--and the imitation that was ever conceived. chorus, “ Rex tremendæ majestatis." A Mr Brahain had here ample room to good many songs of Han.lel had, to our display his transcendent powers. In the feeling, a somewhat heavy effect; but many accompanied recitative," In splendour people thought very differently, who were bright is rising now the sun"-the effect of just as well entitled to be gratified as we his voice was sublime. It burst forth like were.
a flood of light, and seemed absolutely to The Hymn by Beethoven, performed on till the air, like the beams of the glorious this morning, appeared to be in every re- orb whose rising it described : and in the spect worthy of its great author ; expressing, passage which followed " With softer with admirable truth and beauty, the vari. beanıs and milder light, steps on the silver ous feelings conveyed by the words, and moon through silent night'-it was as soft containing many of those new and unex- and mellow as the light of that beautiful pected effects for which the works of Bee- planes. His performance, too, of the exthoven are so remarkable. Handel's divine quisite song, “In native worth and honour song, “ Angels ever bright and fair," was clad,” we should have thought was a com. admirably sung by Miss Corri, whose per. bination of every thing that is beautiful in formance of this air alone is of itself suffi. vocal music, had we not heard the same cient to establish her character as a very great singer deliver it with even grand. accomplished singer of sacred music. Her er effect at the last Festival. We have as. voice is beautiful, her execution clear and certained that the cause was serere indispoarticulate, and her style remarkably pure, sition, and that indisposition inflammation sufficiently florid, but free from unmeaning of the side. He was thus compelled to reor vulgar ornament. With these high qua- strain his powers, from the fear of a dan. lities, and with assiduous study and prac. gerous result. Miss Stephens, in the song, tice, there is no reason to doubt that she " With verdure clad the fields appear," will become one of the first singers this displayed all the charms of her voice, and country has produced.
gave this beautitul and graceful composiThe Creation was exquisitely performed. tion its full effect. The different airs for This great work opens with a symphony of the bass voice were executed in a masterly instruments, intended as a representation manner by Mr Bellamy, particularly the of chaos; and the strange and mysterious song, " Rolling in foaming billows"-and sounds with which it commences produce the ininiitable recitation and air in the sean effect on the imagination similar to the cond part, descriptive of the creation of the contemplation of the primeval war and con- different animals. Miss Corri deserved fusion of the elements, when the earth great praise in the song, “ On mighty wings was without form and void, and darkness uplitted soars the eagle ;" nor was Miss
Goodall less successful in the solo part of pears to us to concentrate every quality by the chorus, “ The mary'lous work," and which superlative musical genius is distinthe duett, “ Of stars the fairest," one of guished. Miss Stephens performed the the most enchanting passages in the work. song, " Let the bright Seraphim," with The different chorusses, particularly that great beauty and power of voice, and was most sublime one, " The Heavens are tel- admirably accompanied by Mr Schmidt on ling," were performed with the utmost ac- the trumpet. Her most beautiful effort curacy, spirit, and effect. We quit the was the recitative and song in Jephtha, “ Ye subject of this great and beautiful compo. sacred priests,” which she executud with a sition with regret; but our readers may simplicity, taste, and feeling, that were find, in Mr Graham's account of its per- quite enchanting. The last movement, formance at the last Edinburgh Festival, 6 Brighter scenes I seek above," afforded one of the most masterly and eloquent pic. room for a fine display of M. Dragonetti's ces of musical criticism with which we are powers in his accompaniment on the doubleacquainted.
bass. The miscellaneous selection was couThursday was devoted to the performance cluded by the double chorus of « The horse of The Messiuh. This most sublime and and his rider," one of the most splendid most popular production of the genius of chorusses that ever was written. During Handel is so univerzally known, that we the performance of this chorus, of the song shall not dwell upon it at any length. It and chorus in Saul, and several other com. afforded especial scope for the congenial positions of Handel, we were convinced powers of Braham, who seems to us never that they wanted nothing but accompani. to pour forth the treasures of his soul and ments in the modern style to make them voice in such overflowing measure, as when equal in effect to any thing which has suche is awakened by the grand and pathetic ceeded them. The effects produced by Mostrains of the Father of Sacred Music. His zart in his accompaniments to The Messiah * Comfort ye my people" fell not upon the shew what might still be done in that way ; ear, but direct upon the heart; and rude, and we cannot help thinking, that if Sir indeed, must that heart have been, which it George Smart were to succeed in engaging appealed to in vain. The other performers Beethoven to write similar accompaniments exerted themselves equally, and with pow. to several of those pieces, he would do one erful, though certainly with greatly inferior of the greatest services that could possibly effect. In sacred music Braham stands be rendered to music. alone. The chorusses were performed with The whole was concluded with the infinite precision and fire ; and surely, if Mount of Olives. We have already taken those of Haydn and Mozart are superior in an opportunity of giving a general account the displays of science, and the graceful of this work, and at present, therefore, evolutions of design, the chorusses of Han- have occasion only to speak of its perfordel remain still unequalled in power and mance. The instrumental symphony, giant grandeur. Of this opinion, “ The which forms the introduction, is of a dark Hallelujah," " He gave them hailstones," and gloomy character, and is a fine prepa. 4 The horse and his rider," and “ For ration for the recitative and air, descriptive unto us a Child is born,” may be quoted of the agony of our Saviour on the Mount as affording proofs, which will not easily be of Olives. The solemn subject of the in. opposed by the juxta-position of any equal troduction is continued in the accompaninumber of chorusses, the production of mo- ment to this recitative: and the effect produ. dern art.
ced by the whole instruments suddenly sink· The performances on Saturday morning ing into dead silence, interrupted only by the afforded some fine specimens of the beau- slow and measured strokes of the double ties of Handel. The air in Judas Macca. drum, is very awful. In the air which beus, ** Sound an alarm,” was given by follows, the sounds of agony that burst Mr Braham with amazing power and effect. from the singer, and from the orchestra, In that most inspiring call to arms, like are heart-rending ; and the transition to Richard, a thousand hearts seemed swel. the aspirations of humble and devout reling in his bosom ; and his voice, though signation, with the short but ravishing symequal in intensity to the loudest shout, was phony of wind-instruments which leads to as musical and smooth as his softest tones. it, speaks to the inmast soul of the hearer. It was now clear that his health was com. Mr Braham's performance bere was equal pletely restored. The chorus of soldiers to that of his “ Deeper and deeper still,” which followed is amazingly energetic ; and while the composition is even finer than that the sudden but momentary transition to far-famed recitative. We cannot enter into solemn sadness at the words If to fall" further detail in describing this work. We
is one of the finest conceptions that ever cannot give expression to the feelings exoccurred to a musician. Mr Braham's cited by the bare recollection of it; but 6. Deeper and deeper still" has been so we trust that there were few persons present often praised, that we have no new terms who require any such assistance in compreby which to describe its excellence. It ap. hending them. The glorious chorus of VOL. V.
angels, celebrating the accomplishment of young) is exceedingly pretty-possesses man's redemption, terminated the whole much gracefulness and simplicity of manSo sung they, and the empyrean rung
nera charming voice, and an excellent With Hallelujahs!
style. She is, in short, a treasure. The Thus ended our second Festival. It now scene which concludes the first act of this appears like a delightful dream--and so opera was also very effective, both in a dradelightful, that we could almost 6 cry to matic and musical point of view, and was sleep again." In our Southern neighbours, exceedingly well supported by all the per. who have their Festivals every year, and formers. to whom the names of Braham, Dragonetti, The scenes which followed, from Il Fanatiand Smart, are like “ household words," co per la Musica, suffered less from the want such ardent expressions of pleasure and re- of connection, and the other disadvantages gret may perhaps excite a smile. But till of the representation, than those from Dos they come to know what it is to receive Giovani, as this piece is merely a most such visitors once in four years, and not whimsical caricature of a moon-struck musi. even to be sure of that, they ought not to cian, whose absurdities, in teaching his laugh at, because they cannot understand, daughter to sing, turning off her lover be our feelings.
cause he was not an amateur, and rehear. Being doubtful, in the haste with which sing a new composition with his band, were these slight notices have been compiled, rendered as amusing by Ambrogetti, as whether we have sufficiently mentioned they could have been bad the representathem before, we must not omit to state, tion, in other respects, been ever so com. and we do it with great pleasure, that three plete. He is admitted to be by far the finof the most important agents in the late est representative of the fanatico that we Festival belong to ourselves. These are, have had ; and, indeed, the exquisite vis Mr Yaniewicz, the able leader; Mr Pen- comica of his countenance, and the groson, the principal second violin ; and Mr tesque extravagance of his voice and ges. Mather, who presided at the organ. The tures,far surpass any thing we had conceis. manner in which these gentlemen acquitted ed, even on the Italian stage. The “ shouts themselves in their respective provinces, is of laughter and applause" with which he was sufficiently seen in the result of their la received, however, shewed that his humour bours.- Weekly Journal.
was of the most genuine kind, not belongThe Pantheon. As a sort of epilogue ing to any particular school or language, to the Festival, Mr Corri brought out, at but to the universal school and language the Pantheon, on Monday evening, 25th of nature. His singing is so entirely an October, a performance of scenes selected accessory of his acting, that one almost forfrom the Italian Operas, Il Don Giovani, gets to speak of it. It possesses, indeed, and Il Fanatico per la Musica, interspers: nothing remarkable, but it never mars the ed with a few detached songs from other music, any more than the meaning of the pieces. The vocal performers were Signors author. We sincerely hope the success of Ambrogetti and Begrez, Miss Corri, Miss his first visit will bring him here again. Rosa Corri, and Signora Mori; and the We have already said a good deal of band was led by Mr Mori. Our previous Miss Corri in speaking of the l'estiral, and knowledge of Ambrogetti, Begrez, and Miss have only to add, that she appeared to still Corri, led us to expect an entertainment greater advantage at this performance than well worthy of going to ; but having never she did before, her forte being decidedly the seen Signora Mori or Miss Rosa Corri, we singing of Italian music. With Signora were not prepared to expect any thing so Mori we were greatly delighted. Her apdelightful as the performance on Monday pearance is very pleasing, and she sings evening turned out to be. The first part beautifully. We have seldom been more was a series of scenes from Don Giovani, pleased than with her performance of the in which, of course, the small number of charming song from Figaro, “ Dore sono," performers precluded any attempt to pro or the duett from La clemenza di Tite, duce continuity or connection. To those which she sung with Signor Begrez. As who knew the opera, however, and were ac- to this gentleman, he had already, most de. quainted with the situation of the charac. servedly, become a favourite of the public, ters in each scene, the effect was very lit- from the elegant style of his singing at the tle injured ; and even to those who did not evening concerts during the Festival ; and know the opera, or even the language, the his appearance on this occasion shewed that entertainment was delightful, not merely he adds to his fine musical talents the merit as singing, but as a dramatic performance. of being a very agreeable and spirited ac. Of Ambrogetti it is superfluous to speak, tor. but of Miss Rosa Corri it is not too much. The band was ably led by Mr Mori, who to say, that she both sang and acted it in a performed a concerto in a style of the highway that gave promise of a worthy succes est excellence; and what added to the pleasor to Madam Fodor, in her own delight. sure we derived from his performance was, hul walk. This young lady (and she is very that he had the good sense to select one of